VILA-REAL, Spain: Manchester United interim manager Michael Carrick said he was not surprised Cristiano Ronaldo once again blasted home a goal in a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League earlier this morning.
Carrick also said he spoke with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before accepting the interim assignment after Solskjaer was sacked last Sunday.
Ronaldo’s goal gave his side the lead in the 78th minute at Ceramica before Jadon Sancho added a second to secure a place for United in the last 16.
“That’s what he always does,” Carrick said of Ronaldo. “In a big game, for an important moment, when you need a goal or something, he’s definitely there to give it.
“He has it all, a mentality that has been calculated to stay calm. He didn’t waste a chance. I’m happy to have him and I’m not surprised at all he scored for us.”
Carrick is expected to continue to shoulder the responsibility for Sunday’s Premier League clash against leaders Chelsea.
“It’s been an emotional few days. The first person I spoke to after Ed (Woodward) offered me this job was Ole, to ask for his opinion. That’s the real thing to do.
“I’m responsible for being here managing the team and I’m proud to do that.”